From the Virgin's smallest Island -St. John- comes
Inner Visions, who are no exception to this fresh approach to the reggae sounds,
and their latest work "Street corner Musicians" (2003, Blue Bitch
Music) proves that they are capable of gaining their place in the forefront
of modern roots reggae, reguardless of being in action for almost 25 years!
Listening to "Street Corner Musicians" gives one a first impression and a nostalgic vibration of the 70's typical Jamaican "One Love Message," trio groups. Rocking strongly from the begining with "Just a Matter of Time" a excellent intro-style track with nice and fast lead vocals and extraordinary guitar solos, followed by "Street Corner Musicians", that gives the name to the album, (a great melody hymn to many artists history and their own,) of how it all started. This album has it all, covering probably every social and spiritual concerns that reggae musicians got us used to. The ever present Ethiopia repatriation symbolism in "Ethiopia", the Rastaman nyabingy drums tradition of "Kindred Journey" and the praises of Jah in "AlleluJah", are the strongest examples of the conscious Rastafarian vibrations lightens one throughout the album.
Two lovers rock style oriented bonus ("Tonight and Snow Queen") close this one hour solid roots showdown, where the strongest and must spin track has to be the beautiful and stunning "Aint it the truth!"
Despite this album sounding their most complete and mature work, catching their two previous released works ("Spiritual Dancer" and "Love One Another,") would also be a good addition to the more truthful reggae fan collection.
DJ Ricardo/AKA Selekta GanJAHman,
Today Linda and I got in my car to go run errands.
Music started where I last left it, a live recording of Ijahman in Paris.
Linda asked: How can you listen to that horrible music?
(She let's you know what she thinks!)
I advanced to another CD. (Skatalites-Bashaka)
Linda: Why do you listen to that old music?
I advanced to the next CD. As Street Corner Musicians started.
Linda: Who's this? I love this! Turn it up!
Unfortunately, now I don't get to keep the CD in my car. Now it's in the CD player at home where Linda can listen to it!
"Once you slip this CD into your player, I think the chances are pretty good that you'll say; now that's reggae!"
DJ Edward Burke
St. Michaels College, WWPV 88.7 FM
"This CD is filled with nice and sweet
feel good music. Definately Five Stars!"
(Five Star Rating -Amazon.com)
Brittany La Croix,
"Inner Visions has it all! As always with Inner Visions; conscious lyrics, sweet harmony and moving rhythm!......
Mansfield Center, CT
(Five Star Rating. -Amazon.com)
"All I can say is aaaaaAAAAHHHHH!
This CD is awsome!
St. John, US VI
"It just lives in my CD player!"..........
Cruz Bay, St John
I Just love "My Father's Prayer".
It's also a favorite here at KNON 89. 3
KNON Reggae Personality and PR person